The Cranbrook-Kimberley Hospice Society is preparing for its third annual Evening to Remember, which coincides with the National Hospice Palliative Care Week, from May 5 – 11. The Evening to Remember event is a fundraiser and memory walk at Idlewild Park on May 5.
Yesterday, members of the society met with Mayor Wayne Stetski in Cranbrook as the city put it’s support behind the event.
“The mayor and council very kindly declared the first week in May ‘Hospice Palliative Care Week’ in Cranbrook,”‘ said Don Davidson, president of the Cranbrook and Kimberley Hospice Society.
This is the second year in a row the city has recognized the week, and the third year for the fundraising and ceremony event.
Davidson said the proclamation by the city allows for word to get out about the hospice society and the event.
“This is to let people know that it is Hospital Palliative Care Week and to let people know that we are trying to raise some money and get some support,” he said, adding that they also hope it will raise the profile of the society as well.
The hospice society has been around Cranbrook in one form or other since the 80s, but was on hiatus for a few years, until 2007. The society provides comfort to individuals living with terminal illness, as well as ongoing support for loved ones and survivors. The services are provided free of charge by trained volunteers. The society is always looking for volunteers as well.
For more information on the event go to www.ckhospice.com.